President Uhuru Kenyatta constant disregard of court orders has come to haunt him in the BBI appeal case at the Court of Appeal.
During the court proceedings on Friday, July 2, Senior Counsel John Khaminwa asked the court not to consider the appeal filed by Uhuru because he is fond of disobeying court orders and should not expect to get protection from the very courts.
The lawyer cited the failure by Uhuru to appoint all 6 out of 40 judges presented to him by the Judicial Service Commission as a reason why his appeal should not be considered.
According to Khaminwa, Uhuru has a tendency of disobeying court orders, hence the same court that he undermines should not give him an audience.
“My Lords it is my humble submission that when you (President Uhuru Kenyatta) are coming before a court you(President Uhuru Kenyatta) cannot despise a judge and at the same time you appear before a judge and expect that judge to give you orders.
“When you have a President who is not obeying court orders and demeaning judges before the public, this court must stand firm and say to him ‘No we shall not hear you we will not give you orders’,” Khaminwa said.
He reminded the court how President Uhuru made mean remarks on judges during the June , Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu.
The lawyer also claimed that Uhuru went ahead to punish Judges George Odunga and Joel Ngugi because of their ruling against BBI in the High Court.
Failure to obey court orders has put Uhuru at loggerheads with the judiciary in recent days.
After he left out the 6 judges from the JSC list, Chief Justice Martha Koome called on Uhuru to obey the law and appoint them.
But the unbowed Head of State has not heeded to the calls by the newly sworn-in Chief Justice.
Koome’s predecessors David Maraga and Willy Mutunga also accused the President of constantly disregarding court orders.